United Democratic Alliance Presidential Candidate William Ruto’s allies in his Uasin Gishu County home tuff clinched top political positions in the elections held Tuesday.
In the results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Friday morning, Jackson Mandago was elected the new Uasin Gishu Senator while Gladys Boss Shollei retained the Woman Representative seat, a position she first won in 2017.
Jonathan Chelilim alias ‘Koti Moja’ will take over from Mandago who has served the County as Governor since 2013, having won the gubernatorial race. Chelilim trounced renowned businessman Zedekiah Bundotich popular as ‘Buzeki’ to become the new Chief Executive of Uasin Gishu.
In the results released at 4am, County Returning Officer Irene Mutai announced that Chelilim garnered 214,036 votes against Buzeki’s 127,013 votes.
For the Senate race, Mandago got 252,800 votes against 94,845 votes received by his main challenger and former broadcaster Robert Kemei.
Boss Shollei retained the seat having garnered 292,154 votes against her challenger Dorcas Chebet who got 54,742 votes.
The voter turnout in the region stood at 71 percent, according to the county returning officer.
The outcome of the county seats followed a trend similar to the race for parliamentary positions where UDA candidates floored their rivals, largely running on independent tickets, to clinch the key political posts in the County.